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Utah Grizzlies 2023-2024 Training Camp Roster

Monday, October 9th
Utah Grizzlies 2023-2024 Training Camp Roster

Utah Grizzlies 2023-2024 Training Camp Roster

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies have announced their 2023-2024 Training Camp roster. 13 of the 23 players in camp have previous experience with the Grizzlies. 

Forwards (13): Kyle Betts, Cody Caron, Cameron Cook, Brandon Cutler, Dylan Fitze, Cole Gallant, Jordan Martel, Mick Messner, Tyler Penner, Jared Power, Dakota Raabe, Dylan Stewart, Dean Yakura. 

Defenseman (9): Kade Jensen, Kyle Mayhew, Jacob Semik, Jordon Stone, Keoni Texeira, Cory Thomas, Michael Underwood, Josh Wesley, Bryan Yoon. 

Goaltender (1): Garrett Metcalf. 

Goaltender Dante Giannuzzi is currently in AHL camp with the Manitoba Moose. 

Ryan Kinasewich enters his third season as the Grizzlies Head Coach/General Manager. Former Grizzlies player Christian Horn is beginning his first season as Utah’s assistant coach. Horn was an assistant coach with the EIHL’s Cardiff Devils last season. Collin Lee enters his fourth season as Grizzlies head Athletic Trainer. Jaxson Hibbard is in his first season as Equipment Manager. 

The Grizzlies have 2 preseason games against the Idaho Steelheads. The regular season begins with 7 straight home games at Maverik Center. The opener is on Saturday, October 21 vs Tulsa at 7:10 pm. Tickets for every Grizzlies home game are available at utahgrizzlies.com or by calling (801) 988-8000. 

2023-2024 Utah Grizzlies

Forwards

Kyle Betts – 2022-2023 Utah (5 games, 0 goals, 6 assists, 6 points, 2 PIM, +2, 13 shots on goal). Betts was a key contributor in the 2023 playoffs as he scored 3 goals and 3 assists. He was 3 for 11 shooting in the playoff series (27.3 %). Betts appeared in 40 games with the AHL’s Belleville Senators, scoring 1 goal, 2 assists and a +1 rating. 

Cody Caron – 2022-2023 Cincinnati (55 games, 2 goals, 8 assists, 10 points, 118 PIM, -4). Prior to turning pro, Caron played  three seasons of college hockey at Carleton University. Caron has good size at 6’2” and 197 pounds. 

Cameron Cook – 2022-2023 SPHL Evansville (27 games, 9 goals, 17 assists, 26 points, 24 PIM, -1). Cook appeared in 2 games with Savannah and 16 games with Trois-Rivieres, where he had 3 assists. 

Brandon Cutler – 2022-2023 Utah (32 games, 15 goals, 15 assists, 30 points, -14, 12.0 shooting %). Cutler also appeared in 3 games with the AHL’s Belleville Senators, 6 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack and 9 games with the Colorado Eagles. In 55 games with Utah over the past 2 seasons Cutler has 57 points (25 goals, 32 assists) and a +1 rating.

Dylan Fitze – 2022-2023 Utah (72 games, 17 goals, 21 assists, 38 points, -22, 61 PIM). Fitze was 3rd on the club with 203 shots on goal. Fitze has appeared in 81 straight regular season games for the Grizzlies since being acquired in March 2022 from Orlando.

Dylan was a key contributor in the second half of the season as he scored 23 points (9 goals, 14 assists) in the final 27 games of the regular season. Fitze tied for the team lead with 3 goals in the 2023 Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Fitze had a Gordie Howe Hat Trick on February 17, 2023 at Savannah, where he scored 1 goal, 2 assists and a fight in a 6-3 Utah win. 3 days later he scored 2 goals and 1 assist at Orlando in a 6-5 overtime loss.

Cole Gallant – 2022-2023 Western Michigan University (39 games, 6 goals, 18 assists, 24 points, 4 PIM, +17 rating). After his senior season at Western Michigan he finished the 2022-2023 campaign with the Trois-Rivieres Lions, where he scored 2 goals and 2 assists in 7 games. 

Jordan Martel – 2022-2023 Utah (45 games, 18 goals, 26 assists, 44 points, +12, 8 PIM, 9 power play points (3g, 6a, 14.4 shooting %) “The Rooster” finished 3rd on the club with 44 points in 45 games with Utah last season (18 goals, 26 assists). Martel was the league’s Player of the Week for the final week of the regular season, where he scored 1 goal and 7 assists in a 3 game sweep over Tulsa from April 12-15. 

Mick Messner – 2022-2023 Utah (6 games, 0 points, +1). Messner started his college career at the University of Wisconsin and played there for 2 years from 2018-2020. He transferred to Merrimack College, where he spent 3 seasons from 2020-2023. Messner had 5 goals, 4 assists and a +6 rating in 35 games with Merrimack this season. He signed with the Grizzlies on April 4, 2023 and he made his pro debut at Idaho on April 5, 2023. Messner appeared in 1 game in the 2023 Kelly Cup Playoffs. 

Tyler Penner – 2022-2023 Utah (72 games, 12 goals, 12 assists, 24 points, -12, 46 PIM, 9.1 shooting %)  “Ironman” Penner has appeared in 144 straight regular season games with the Grizzlies since the start of the 2021-2022 regular season. Penner has also played in every preseason and postseason contest for Utah over the last 2 seasons. 

Jared Power - 2022-2023 Utah (16 games, 1 goal, 5 assists, 6 points, +3). Prior to joining Utah, Power played at Mount Royal University from 2021-23, where he scored 20 points (5g-15a) in 42 games.

Dakota Raabe – 2022-2023 Utah (55 games, 11 goals, 25 assists, 36 points, -10, 60 PIM, 11 power play points (3g, 8a, 9.4 shooting %). Raabe scored 1 goal in 5 games in the 2023 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Raabe scored the game winner in the eighth round of a shootout on March 12, 2023 vs KC.

Raabe’s finest hour as a pro came on April 15, 2022 when he scored 3 goals vs Idaho in the game that clinched the Grizzlies first ever division championship.

Dylan Stewart played at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology for 5 years from 2018-2023. Stewart had 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in 24 games in the 2022-2023 season. He was twice named ACAC First All-Conference Team. He was part of the 2021-2022 Northern Alberta Institute of Technology ACAC (Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference) championship team. Stewart appeared in 80 games with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders, with his best season coming in 2014-15 where he appeared in 68 games and scored 6 goals.

Dean Yakura – 2022-2023 (2 games with Greenville and 2 assists in 8 games with Norfolk). Yakura has 61 games of ECHL experience over 6 different seasons and 216 SPHL games in 7 different campaigns. 

Defenseman

Kade Jensen – 2022-2023 Mount Royal University (23 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points, 16 PIM, +7). Jensen brings size to the club at 6’3” and 218 pounds. Jensen played at Mount Royal University for 4 seasons. Before that was with Lethbridge, Swift Current, Brandon and Victoria in the WHL. 

Kyle Mayhew – 2022-2023 University of Denver (40 games, 2 goals, 11 assists, 13 points, 18 PIM, +20). Mayhew made his pro debut with the Grizzlies on April 5, 2023. He scored 1 goal and 2 assists for Utah in 5 regular season games. Mayhew was an impact player for Utah in the 2023 Kelly Cup Playoffs where he had 2 goals, 1 assists and was a +4 in 6 games. Mayhew is a proven winner as he was a key defenseman on the DU 2022 national championship club. 

Jacob Semik – 2022-2023 Utah (13 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points, 0 PIM, -5, 15 shots on goal). Semik returns to Utah for his first full professional season. Last season Semik completed a 4 year college career at Arizona State University before signing with Utah late in the regular season. At ASU he appeared in 134 games and scored 30 points (3 goals, 27 assists). Semik was an assistant captain his last 2 seasons at ASU. 

Jordon Stone – 2022-2023 Quad City Storm, SPHL (19 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points, 14 PIM, -3). Stone appeared in 24 games with the Grizzlies over the past 2 seasons, 16 games in 2021-2022 and 8 games last season.  

Keoni Texeira – 2022-2023 Indy Fuel (50 games, 6 goals, 13 assists, 19 points, 33 PIM, +19). Keoni led the Fuel in plus/minus in the 2022-2023 season (+19). Texeira has been in the ECHL for 5 seasons. Texeira played with the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks for 5 seasons from 2013-2018. In 5 WHL seasons he scored 143 points (39 goals, 104 assists) and had a +56 rating. Texeira spend the 2018-19 season with the Wichita Thunder, where he scored 46 points (7 goals, 39 assists) in 70 games. Texeira spent 4 years with the Indy Fuel from 2019-2023. He was captain of the Fuel in the 2021-2022 season. Texeira appeared in 223 games with Indy, scoring 21 goals and 80 assists. Texeira is 2nd in Fuel history in games played and assists. He also has professional experience in the AHL with San Jose and Colorado. 

Cory Thomas – 2022-2023 Utah (41 games, 0 goals, 7 assists, 7 points, 31 PIM, -2, 36 shots). Thomas returns for his second season in Utah. He has great size at 6’5” and 216 pounds. He played at the University of Vermont for 4 seasons and completed his college career at Canisius College in the 2021-2022 season. 

Michael Underwood – 2022-2023 Michigan State University (38 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points, 20 PIM, -3). Underwood started his college career at Clarkson University where he appeared in 129 games and had a combines +26 rating. 

Josh Wesley – 2022-2023 Litvinov HC in the Czech Republic (34 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points, 12 PIM, -10). Wesley has 167 games of AHL experience, including 65 games with the Springfield Thunderbirds, where he scored 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) and had a +11 rating. Wesley has spent time in the ECHL with Florida, Tulsa and Maine. Wesley was drafted in the 4th round (96th overall) by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2014 NHL Draft. He is the son of NHL all-star and Stanley Cup champion Glen Wesley. 

Bryan Yoon – 2022-2023 Colorado College (38 games, 1 goal, 14 assists, 15 points, 4 PIM, -19). Yoon was the captain of Colorado College for his senior season in 2022-2023. Yoon was named to the 2023 NCAA (NCHC) All-Tournament Team. In his senior season Yoon tied for team lead with 14 assists and fourth on team with 15 points (1g,14a). In 5 seasons at Colorado College Yoon appeared in 167 games and scored 72 points (7 goals, 65 assists).

Goaltenders

Dante Giannuzzi – 2022-2023 Portland, WHL (41 games, 23-13-5 W-L, 3.33 GAA, .894 save %). Giannuzzi held a 59-32-10 record along with a 3.07 goals-against average, .896 save percentage and 5 shutouts during his 109-game WHL career with the Portland Winterhawks. He is currently in AHL camp with the Manitoba Moose. 

Garrett Metcalf - It is Metcalf’s fourth season as a professional. In 34 games with Utah through the end of the 2022-2023 season he has a record of 15-11-2 with a .904 save percentage and a 3.09 GAA. He also has pro experience in the AHL with Lehigh Valley and San Diego. Metcalf is on an AHL contract with the Colorado Eagles. 

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